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Overview

How to know a Psychotronic Movie:

These films can commonly be identified by their use of exploitation elements and their interest in humanity's lower common demoninators.

They occur throughout the world, but are particuarly common at midnight movie festivals and in video stores' cult sections, they are especially frequent at that beloved and dying institution, the drive-in.

Their packaging is commonly deceptive. They almost always appear on videocassette.

Among their kind are biker films, sci-fi series, quickie biopics, gimmick films, teen sex comedies, blaxploitation films, stalkers, slashers, snoozers, shrudderers, and anything starring Lynda Blair, david Carradine, Shannon Tweed or Drew Barrymore.

And they're all here in the Psychotronic Video Guide.

From Abby to Zontar, this book covers more than nine thousand amazing movies from the turn of the century right up to today's golden age of video, all described with Michael Weldon's dry wit. More than 450 rare and wonderful illustrations round out the book, making it a treasure trove of cinematic lore and essential for every fan of filmdom's finest offerings.

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"All the movies you couldn't see, and are glad you couldn't or wish you had! Page after page of films you never knew your favorite actors made. A must!" —Karen Black

"An absolute must for those who lust after the slime and sleaze of B movies. Loose, lecherous, and totally offbeat." —Cinefatastique on The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film

"Finally, the long-awaited sequel to the greatest book of Psychtronic films. Amust for every true film lover." —Johnny Ramone

"The Psychotronic Encyclopedia is the most dogged, worn-out book in my library. Thank God Michael has come out with a new one." —Quentin Tarantino

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Michael Weldon says in the foreword to his Psychotronic Video Guide: "Unlike other movie guides, nothing is omitted because it's in bad taste." Bad taste barely begins to cover the 3000 resolutely grade-B movies (some with grade-A aspirations and budgets) and the odd TV show included here. Weldon, who invented the word "psychotronic" and compiled The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, includes horror (there are 15 movie titles beginning with the word "zombie"), science fiction, Blaxploitation, porn, spaghetti westerns and "anything that Roger Corman had anything to do with" in his purview. (Griffin, $27.50 672p ISBN 0-312-13149-6; July) Hong Kong is home to the world's third largest film industry after Hollywood and Bombay. The movies tend to emphasize action, and lots of it. But according to the press release, the 200 films covered in Stefan Hammond's and Mike Wilkins's Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head are not just chop-socky. Rather, these movies are "sexy, fast-action supernatural," not to mention historical and occasionally downright sillyeven without the awkwardly translated subtitles like "Suck the coffin mushroom now" or "I know it, he is not an idiot, he is sexual detour" that by themselves are worth the price of admission. (Fireside, $12 288p ISBN 0-684-80341-0; Aug.) The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus begins with short descriptions of 8000 movies. What makes it unique, however, is what comes next. Rather than just a handful of categories or a list of directors or movie stars, it also includes such subcategories as "In-LawsTroublesome: see also RelativesTroublesome"; "Trapped in a Hole" and "Cattle Herded by Barbara Stanwyck." Obviously, there are other, more inclusive categories, but if you're in the mood for a movie on, say, Austria, it has nearly 20 suggestions. (Holt, $19.95 704p ISBN 0-8050-3496-X; Aug.) Almost all the movies included in Laurent Bouzereau's Ultraviolent Movies come from the past 30 years. Covering films ranging from Bonnie and Clyde to A Clockwork Orange, Bad Lieutenant and Hellraiser, the book is divided into seven sections on different genres, including psycho-killers, mafiosi and revenge movies. (Citadel, $17.95 256p ISBN 0-8065-1787-5; Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312131494
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Weldon is the editor and founder of Psychotronic Video magazine. He grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Narrowsburg, New York.

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